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Kristyn Glenn, Barnardos 7 Mar 1707 March 2017 - Kristyn Glenn, Community Fundraiser from Barnardos, spoke to Tawa Rotary.

close your eyes and remember - Barnardos, 7 Mar 17Barnardos is New Zealand’s largest charity, providing child and family services in communities all around the country. Kristyn Glenn, as Barnardos Community Fundraiser, knows that their services make amazing differences in the lives of children and families throughout New Zealand every day. She contrasted our happy childhood memories with the memories of the children brought to the attention of Barnados. 

Pictured right - Kristyn invited Rotarians to close their eyes and remember happy childhood memories.

Kristyn outlined the work done by Barnardos in safety planning for children, in life changing support, in managing helplines and foster care, as they work to implement a long term sustainable program for each child within a caring family environment.

The bottom line - Barnardos needs our help, in direct financial assistance (you should donate when they ask) and in making their services better known, to fulfil their mission to do more for Kiwi kids.

Donations sought - Foster Hope NZ

foster hope nz backpacksPlease help  - donations sought - winter pyjamas, soft toys, beanies for children under foster care.Foster Hope nz

The Board has agreed to give a donation to Foster Hope and Elizabeth Sutton has become the liaison person for ongoing support. A small committee has been formed - Denise Garcie, Gaylene Lines, Judith Gray (and anyone else who would like to support this worthwhile cause). Brian Frampton has kindly offered his business ITM Tawa at 36 Main Road Tawa, for a drop off of any donations for Foster Hope.

Elizabeth has been in touch with June Matthews from Foster Hope and the first thing we would like to do is a winter pyjama drive. If you feel so inclined, could you bring a pair of winter  pyjamas for either a girl or boy, age group from around 1 - 15 years old to our next meeting. T & T have a good range of winter pyjamas at a good price at the moment. We hope to make this an ongoing project, and a list of suggested items to fill the goodie bags is ongoing, including soft toys, books in good condition and a beanie!! (we need this now) - thankyou.

Foster Hope NZ - an organization set up in 2010 - supports the families who take in children, and the children themselves. Some 5000 children are under CYFs care – with ages ranging from babies to 16 year olds. A significant activity in supporting foster parents and the children is the provision of ‘backpacks’, contents of the pack varies according to the ages of the children. Children frequently arrive at a foster home with literally the clothes they are wearing and that’s it. The ‘Backpacks’ are for the children to keep and contents range from nappies, through toiletries, toothbrushes, books, soft toys and often some items of clothing, pyjamas and such like. Xmas gifts also feature. Foster Hope is continually on the lookout for supplies of items and also cash donations which are very helpful. With the number of children in foster care there will always be a need for Foster Hope.

End Polio Now - Fundraiser

End Polio NowFilm evening of WW2 Romance Drama “Their Finest”.

Tuesday 11 April at 6pm - arrive 5.45pm.   (Note this is a few days before the NZ national release of this film)

Cost per ticket of $20

Fundraiser for Rotary Foundation - End Polio Now campaign

Richard Herbert will start advertising and selling tickets for the film from next Tuesday.

Other Events

18 March D9940 National membership seminar
22 March Rotary Port Nicholson Breakfast with Prime Minister
1,2 Apr Plimmerton Rotary Book Fair
21 Apr Tawa Memorial unveiling
21-23 Apr D9940 Conference & District Assembly
12-14 May Rotary at Better Home & Living Show, Wellington

Rotary Breakfast with the Prime Minister


An invitation from President Mark Cassidy, Rotary Club of Port Nicholson:

Attached is a flyer for our upcoming Breakfast with the Prime Minister on Wednesday 22 March – 6.45 pm at the Intercontinental Hotel, Wellington.

In an election year and with a budget coming up in May there will be a high level of interest in the PM’s presentation, and there’ll be an opportunity to ask questions. Please book online before 15 March.

Mr English will also present Port Nicholson Rotary Club’s Goal Setter Awards given annually to recognise those who have succeeded despite overcoming significant barriers. Winners have not only achieved their own life, health and career goals; they also embody Rotary’s goals of service to others and the community at large.

Book fair – Plimmerton Rotary

Plimmerton Rotary Book Fair 2017Plimmerton Rotary will be holding their annual Book Fair again over the weekend 1st/2nd April at the Kennel Club in Prosser St, Porirua. As usual the income will be split between their Community projects such as the Te Ara Piko pathway and Life Education Trust North Wellington



District News

Effective Membership Strategies

District 9940 National membership seminar, March 2017Please register now for an opportunity to learn more about how to share Rotary with other people and how to develop effective membership strategies. Rotarians are invited to participate in a national membership seminar being held in Wellington on 18 March 2017 - this has been advertised through various channels including via Tawa Rotary's Facebook.  The cost is $50 per person and to register, the following is a link to the registration form.


Rotarians at Better Home and Living Show in Wellington

12, 13 & 14 May 2017

Venue: Westpac Stadium

Open from 10am – 5pm each day

Volunteers NEEDED. To fill shifts of 2 – 3 hours.

Please contact Jo Newlove, District Chair Public Image to volunteer.

Branding/Promotional Material - this is an opportunity for you and your club to promote your projects and successes. We would like to have promotional material, along with a Rotarian or two to talk about it, at the show.

This is a perfect opportunity to talk to people about Rotary and encourage them to join us.

Unveiling – Tawa Memorial

Unveiling Tawa Memorial 21 Apr 2017Tawa Rotarians have been invited to attend the unveiling and dedication of the Tawa Memorial on 21 April 2017.artists impression of Tawa Memorial

Those of us attending DG Martin's District 9940 Conference in New Plymouth will unfortunately be away that weekend, but for those not attending the Conference, this is an open invitation for all Tawa Rotary Club members to attend the unveiling. [President Andrew]

[Photo source:artist's impression]

District Governor Martin’s March Message

DG Martin and Denise Garcia

DG Martin Garcia's message (extract) : This month is Rotary’s Water and Sanitation Month.  As Rotarians we can make a significant difference to improve the lives of others by providing water and sanitation. ...

Water and sanitation is one of the six areas of focus of The Rotary Foundation.  Our giving to The Foundation and accessing grants to improve water and sanitation should be a key focus of each of our Clubs.  Some of our Wellington Clubs, for example, are currently supporting the Philippines Waterfields Water Project Pampanga through a Foundation Global Grant to provide potable water to villages in the Philippines.

See more at:

District Conference 2017 - DG Martin has announced the conference that will be held in New Plymouth in April. Join us to celebrate a programme with top entertainment, fabulous speakers, a weekend full of magic and sharing the Fellowship of Rotary. Local Rotary Clubs have put together an exciting range of activities. Further information available here.

Register for the 2017 District Conference. Early bird registration deadline has now passed. Register here.

The District Website established on 1 July is available at:


Barnardos - Working to make Aotearoa New Zealand the best place to be a child, 7 Mar 2017

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